The Future of Cancer Treatment: Can genetic Science Benefit Patients?

28 March 2017

Tuesday 28 March, 18:00 – 21:00

Education Centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

The way we treat conditions such as cancer is changing.  Advances in science and medicine are revolutionising the way patients can be treated.  The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC), hosted at QEHB, is at the forefront of these developments.

Professor Dion Morton, the Centre’s Director and a colorectal surgeon at QEHB says: “Genetics and genomic medicine is set to transform our understanding of cancer.  It will lead to improved diagnosis, personalised treatment based upon the patient’s own genetic make-up and new drug therapies.”

For people who want to find out more, the WMGMC is hosting a free public event in the Education Centre at QEHB on Tuesday 28 March from 18:00 – 21:00.  The event is being organised in collaboration with the S:CORT Consortium – a Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK-funded body which aims to use genome-based technology to personalise care for bowel cancer patients and is supported by the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) West Midlands.

At the event, you will be able to hear from leading experts on how cutting-edge science is shaping treatment for patients in Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond.  You will be able to find out about the 100,000 Genomes Project as well as the S:CORT Programme and how genomics is improving therapies for bowel cancer.  Patients and charities will also be providing their perspective on the role of genomics in cancer care.

The event concludes with a live debate presenting different perspectives on genomic therapies and an opportunity to ask questions.

In addition to the presentations and debates, you will be able to browse stalls and meet scientists and clinicians who are at the forefront of developing new therapies.

Attendance is free but spaces are limited, so please register promptly at https://the-future-of-cancer-treatment.eventbrite.co.uk, e-mail wmgmc@nhs.net or call Becky Parke on 0121 371 5397.